John 12:44-50 : Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me. He who sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness. If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects me, and doesn’t receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day. For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak.”
Again, we read here that Jesus claims to represent God to mankind. He says that whoever believes or sees Him believes or sees God the Father, who is the one who sent Him.
Again, Jesus tells them that he is the Light of the World. We know that when we fail to believe in Jesus, we continue to walk around with an incorrect worldview. Our minds are still dark and filled with the wrong ideas. These ideas cause us to harm ourselves for lack of knowledge by walking around in spiritual and mental darkness.
It is interesting to me that Jesus personifies his words here. He speaks as if the words have the power to judge even though He didn’t come to judge now. He says here that His words will judge people “in the last day.” That last day is a lot closer now than it was then, but God is still accepting new believers today.
Government: Notice how high Jesus holds up words. He claims that the words have power to judge. This is similar to the form of government that started the United States of America. From very early on, the United States decided to have a “Republic,” this form of government upholds words as a judge of mankind much like Jesus demonstrates here. The law in the United States, the Constitution, was set up to have the power to judge all people in the country, including the leadership. The leadership is forced by oath to uphold and defend these words. This is why it is a horrible tragedy when a leader of the United States fails to live by the law that they have sworn to uphold. A leader on the United States should be make it very clear that they are abiding by the Constitution so that it can serve as an example to the people.
These are what John records as Jesus’ final words addressed to the crowds. There are many more great things Jesus has now to say directly to His disciples, but the crowds will not be hearing Him preach any more. Jesus, in His final words, makes sure that they know that He has spoken exactly what God wanted Him to.